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St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

St. John's
Antigua and Barbuda

The island of Antigua was named by Christopher Columbus in honor of Maria de la Antigua, a saint. This island has been inhabited by indigenous peoples since 200 years BC. Subsequently, the English established plantations and brought in African slaves. The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1981.

The capital of the island is St John. It contains remnants of the time when the city was an important naval base for the British Navy. Today, St John is a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts and large gatherings take place there such as the Antigua Yacht Show and Antigua Sailing Week.

Useful Information

Language

English

Tips

A 15% tip will be appreciated in restaurants.

Currency

XCD
Eastern Caribbean dollar

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Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: 0h

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
2272
2577
2882
722.75
February
2272
2577
2882
381.50
March
2272
2577
2984
441.75
April
2373
2679
2984
562.25
May
2475
2781
3086
1014.00
June
2577
2882
3086
763.00
July
2577
2882
3188
913.50
August
2577
2882
3188
1204.75
September
2577
2882
3188
1395.50
October
2475
2781
3086
1164.50
November
2475
2781
3086
1064.25
December
2373
2679
2882
1014.00

Where is located the St. John's cruise port Cruise Terminal

You will dock at one of the three docks. Heritage Quay and Nevis pier are located in the centre of the city. The St. John’s Deepwater Harbour is 10 to 15 minutes by taxi ($10 to $15).

Travelling around the St. John's Cruise Port

It is possible to walk around and explore the city from the Heritage Quay and Nevis piers. However, if you are docking at St. John’s Deepwater Harbour, you will need to take a taxi or shuttle. There is no sidewalk on the side of the street and the neighbourhood that separates it from the city is more or less inviting.

Buses depart from the public market, but their schedule (approximately 30 minutes) is not very precise.

Hertz and Dollar rent cars. A temporary permit will be required. Rental companies can sell it to you.

Taxis are for the majority of minivans and it will be more economical to share the race by forming a group. You can negotiate the price of the race.
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Activities in St. John's

Landmarks

Cathedral of St John the Divine

Cathedral built in 1845.

Historical sites

Nelson’s Dockyard

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Historic monument where you can learn more about the time when St. John was a shipyard for the British Navy.

Museums

Antigua et Barbuda Museum

Learn about the history of the island from the Amerindian peoples who inhabited the island to the plantations era.

Beaches

Valley Church Beach

Located 20 minutes from St John’s, this beach is pretty and quiet.

Pigeon Point Beach

This beach is popular with residents.

Jabberwock Beach

Popular for windsurfing.

Dickenson Bay

A lively beach 15 minutes from St John’s.